Deck Repair

With this project, the homeowner wanted to build an addition to the deck behind the house.  However, we found a serious problem here – the rim beams that were supporting the decks on the rear of the house were grossly undersized.  This not only presented a serious deflection problem, but a life safety issue also.  To solve this problem, we engaged a structural engineer (Runkle Consulting, Inc.)  to examine the situation.  The repair was to turn the rim beams into “flitch beams”, which are steel plates sandwiched inside timber 2x’s.

There is a steel plate sandwiched in the 2x's.

Here is a video that gives much more information:

 

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